College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

News & Events Archive

Spring 2016 Events

The Cal Poly History Department and Science, Technology, and Society Program present:

Symposium on Science and Modern China, June 1, 2016 (rescheduled from May 25), 12-1pm in CPP Faculty Center Conference Room in 1-228, with panelists Lijing Jiang (Nanyang University of Technology, Singapore), Nick Menzies (Huntington Library), Zhen Zhao (National University of Defense Technology of China and CPP visiting scholar), and Zuoyue Wang (CPP).

Fall 2015 Events

The Cal Poly Pomona Physics and Astronomy Department presents:

Physicists as Diplomats: U.S.-China Scientific Exchanges from Arms Control to Climate Change
Thursday December 3, 2015 11:00 to noon, Building 8, Room 241
Zuoyue Wang, History Department, Cal Poly Pomona

Fall 2013

Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series presents:

The Story of Stuff
Thursday, November 14 at 7:00, University Theater,
Annie Leonard, Activist for Sustainability and Filmmaker
Funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment

Winter-Spring 2013

Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series presents:

Growing older: Lessons from traditional societies
Thursday, April 25 at 7:00, Univeristy Theater,
Jared Diamond
, Professor of Geography, UCLA
Funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment

Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series presents:

Dolly to Stem Cell Therapy
Thursday, February 21at 7:00, Bronco Student Center-Ursa Major,
Sir Ian Wilmut
, Professor Emeritus,MCR Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh
Funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment

Winter-Spring 2012

NanoDays Seminar
Nanotechnology in Science Fiction

Thursday, April 19 at noon, University Library, Room 2907,
David Tanenbaum, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Pomona College

Economics Speaker Series Worth Publishers and Cal Poly Pomona present:

The Crisis: Year Five (PDF)
Friday, April 13 at 3:00, Ursa Major Suite in the Bronco Student Center,
Paul Krugman, Winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics and Princeton University Professor of Economics

First Year Experience presents:

Climate Whiplash – What Happens AFTER Global Warming
Thursday, February 16 at 3:00, Ursa Major Suite in the Bronco Student Center,
Curt Stager
, ecologist, paleoclimatologist, and science journalist

Kellogg Distinguished Public Lecture Series presents:

"The Role of Science and Technology in Achieving Global Food Security"
Thursday, January 26 at 7:00, Univeristy Theater,
Roger Beachy
, President Emeritus, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and Professor of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis. Funded by the Kellogg Legacy Project Endowment

Fall 2011

Climate Change: It's not that Simple!

Panel discussion
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2:00, Ursa Major Suite in the Bronco Student Center
Panelists include Charles Kolstad, environmental economics professor at UC Santa Barbara; James Miller, assistant professor of geography at Cal State Fullerton; and Dean Freudenberger, a food policy expert who previously worked at Lutheran Theological seminary

Winter-Spring 2011

Physics for Future Presidents, PHY 299, will be offered in Spring 2011

This course, modeled on Richard A. Mueller's UC Berkeley course and using Mueller's text, takes up topics such as radioactivity, chain reactions, and nuclear bombs, and energy, power, and explosions.

From the Bottom Up: Nanoscale Science and Technology at Thirty (PDF)

Thursday, April 7 at 11:00 (Ursa Major B) Professor Adam Z. Stieg, Scientific Director, Nano and Pico Characterization Lab, California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA. Sponsored by Engineering Council, Physics Department, and CCRAA

Epistemology of Science
A cross-disciplinary discussion

Thursday, February 10 at noon (5-103) Professor Zuoyue Wang (Cal Poly Pomona, History) and Associate Professor Peter Ross (Cal Poly Pomona, Philosophy) discuss the epistemology of science for the Political Science Department.

Fall 2010

The Cal Poly Pomona First Year Experience Program Presents:

Annie Leonard, LIVE

The author of The Story of Stuff will be making a personal appearance
4-6 PM, November 16, 2010 in Ursa Minor

Faculty Led Panels on Story of Stuff Videos

See the videos and discuss the issues
Tuesdays, 12:00 - 12:50 pm in 15-1807 (Library Classroom on First Floor )

October 19, 2010 -- The Story of Stuff
October 26, 2010 -- The Story of Bottled Water
November 02, 2010 -- The Story of Cap and Trade
November 09, 2010 -- The Story of Cosmetics

The Cal Poly Pomona Department of Economics Presents:
Is Cap and Trade the Solution to Our Carbon Woes?
A Panel discussion

Join us on Wednesday, October 27th at noon (room TBA) for a panel discussion of the merits of Cap and Trade.

Panelists include USC economists Adam Rose and and Anthony Bertelli.

Fall 2009

Fall Conference, Cal Poly Pomona: Introducing the Science, Technology, and Society Major/Minor Hosted by Peter Ross
Date & Location: Monday, September 21st  |  4:00pm-5:00pm  |  Ursa Minor

Spring 2009

Environmental Sustainability Speaker Series

The Hugh O. La Bounty Chair of Interdisciplinary and Applied Knowledge will sponsor a series of talks which highlights the university's focus on this issue. The series, Environmental Sustainability and its Challenges features Paul Roberts, author of The End of Oil and The End of Food (speaking on April 14), Peter Gleick, an expert on sustainable water use and Director of the Pacific Institute (speaking on April 28), and Dale Jamieson, an expert in ethics and environmental policy and the Director of Environmental Studies at New York University (speaking on May 11). All talks are scheduled from noon-1:30. The series marks the initiation of the university's new Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Major and Minor programs, which has just begun to accept students. STS is an interdisciplinary program of study and research which integrates knowledge in the natural sciences and in technology as well as in the humanities and social sciences. The Philosophy Department is currently administering the STS Major and Minor programs.

April 2009

A Science, Technology, and Society Major flier (PDF), containing the curriculum for both the STS Major and the STS Minor, is now available, as is the 2009-2010 STS Road Map (PDF) (laying out a suggested course sequence for students in the STS Major). Questions should be directed to Peter Ross at pwross 'at'

Spring 2008

Cal Poly Pomona Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Major approved by CSU Chancellor

On May 28, 2008, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed approved the Cal Poly Pomona STS Major. We anticipate the Major, which will be administered by the Philosophy Department, to start Fall 2009. STS is an interdisciplinary program for research and teaching which studies the interaction between science and technology, and society. For more about STS at Cal Poly Pomona, see the program's prospectus (DOC). Questions should be directed to Peter Ross at pwross 'at'

Winter 2007

Campus Forum provided a venue for four speakers on STS topics:

January 2007

Langdon Winner

RPI Professor talks about the relation between technology and democracy.

Richard Worthington

Pomona College political science professor talks about public participation in science and technology policy.

February 2007

Naomi Oreskes

Historian of science at UCSD talks about the scientific consensus on global climate change.

Judith Carney

Geographer at UCLA talks about the African origin of rice cultivation in the Americas.

These talks are available on steaming video through the "In Conversation" channel.